Huntington Station, NY – Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer and Dr. Gregson Pigott the EMS Medical Director/Clinical Director of the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program for Suffolk County joined with the Huntington Community First Aid Squad on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at their annual Open House to offer a free Opioid Overdose Training for local residents.
More than 20 community members came out for the valuable training which teaches participants how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an opiate overdose and the steps they can take until EMS responders arrive, which includes administering the life-saving drug naloxone (Narcan). At the end of the program, all participants received a card certifying their completion of the training, as well as a Narcan resuscitation kit to keep on hand in case of emergency.
“We are still in the thick of this fight against the opioid epidemic and must continue the work to save lives. Getting trained is one way we can all participate in making a difference,” said Legislator Spencer. “Thank you to the First Aid Squad for graciously partnering with us to offer this important event in the community.”
The Suffolk County Dept. of Health Services Opioid Overdose Prevention Program, began in 2013 and has trained nearly 13,000 people, including 10,500 non-traditional or civilian responders. To learn more about the program and upcoming trainings, visit https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Health-Services/Mental-Hygiene/Substance-Abuse-Hotline.